Bicycle & Pedestrian Coordinator, Department of Transportation:
Dear Parkwood Association:
Thank you for contacting me about the Parkwood sidewalks and the decision by the Durham City Council that was discussed in a newspaper article earlier this week.
There will be a letter from the City with more information about this decision, and possible next steps, that will be sent soon.
In the meantime, here is some information for you and the neighborhood to consider:
- The petition sidewalk item will not be on the City Council agenda on Monday night (Sept 15). There is not an opportunity for public comment at regular (night-time) City Council meetings for items that are not on the agenda. If you were to show up Monday, you would not have an opportunity to speak.
- The best time for you to offer comments would be when City staff brings these items back to the City Council. Presumably, the first opportunity would be when City Council considers taking formal action to rescind the previous action ordering the sidewalk assessments. A date has not yet been set for that agenda item, but the City can notify the neighborhood well in advance once that is scheduled.
- The second option would be for you to sign up to make general comments during the next available work session (usually held on Thursday afternoon). Based on the Council’s meeting calendar, if you contacted Terry Capers in the City Manager's office and asked to speak at the next available work session, you would be added to the agenda for October 9th. Ms. Capers can be reached at 919-560-4222 ext 11233 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
- Finally, if you desire to share your concerns with Council as quickly as possible, you can send an email to the Council members. You can email the entire City Council, including the Mayor, at Council@DurhamNC.gov